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Tea is huge in Taiwan, especially milk tea. Milk tea can be made with any kind of tea though. Most of the time I enjoy jasmine, oolong, or other red and green teas. A new milk tea place opened up not too long ago in Taipei though called Stornaway 英國藍. It specializes in English teas.

My cousin and I were wondering what in the world Stornaway is though. Looking at our Earl Gray Milk Tea cup, we thought that Stornaway was a metro stop. Looking it up online, Stornoway (with an ‘o’) is the name of a town in Scotland and an airport as well as a band. Stornaway (with an ‘a’) is just a boba place … hmmm. Either way, the milk tea here was delicious! A little different from the average milk tea you find in Taipei. Yum!

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Welcome!

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Yum!

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In Phoenix, our pedestrian lights have a white person figure when you’re supposed to walk, a flashing red hand when you’re supposed to either finish crossing or don’t start, and a steady red hand when you’re not supposed to cross.

In Taiwan, we have an animated green walking man as a person is supposed to cross and a red standing man when you’re not. I never knew, however, that the little green walking man started right in Taipei on March 18, 1999. The animation is actually a series of seven images that allows the human eye to see a person walking. When he is walking slowly, there is plenty of time to cross, but as he speeds up, you are to also because time is running out!

The best part about this little green pedestrian guardian angel is that a Taiwanese creation is being adopted all over the world. Isn’t that awesome?!?

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Taipei sign explaining the little green man

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One thing about places other than where I currently live is that your options are to either go to the farmers’ market once a week or go to the grocery store for your food. One reason I love Taiwan is that many open air market is open 6 mornings a week (not Mondays), which means you can go and get fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and even some ready-made foods every single morning! It’s really a different type of life style if you think about it. Granted when I go back to Taiwan and stay with my grandma, we don’t go to the open air market every morning, but there is that option. Nevertheless, my favorite part is looking at all the different varieties of foods that are always available. At the Xinbeitou market that my grandma lives near, there are even clothes and shoes vendors as well.

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The market!

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Marinated tofu

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Fresh fruit

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Fresh vegetables

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Marinated meats (ready to eat)

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Fresh meat

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Taipei had a new children’s amusement park in the Shilin District as of December of last year. This park is different from others because everything operates using your yoyo card. Your yoyo card is what is usually used to pay for public transportation, but can also be used at most convenience stores and other popular locations. It’s even more convenient that this amusement park operates on the yoyo card because you swipe to get in (for only NTD 30) then swipe for each ride you want to get on. This way, if you really want to just go in and walk around, you don’t have the pay the same price as a family with children who want to go on all the rides.

One cloudy (turned rainy) day, I went to the Taipei Children’s Amusement Park with my aunt. We got off at the Shilin metro station then took the free shuttle over to the park. You can actually get off at either the Shilin or Jiantan stations. We quickly realized that we weren’t the only non-children group there. In fact, many people didn’t have any children with them at all! We walked around and admired all the cute toys and designs and even went on a few rides. The carousel and the purple train were the best. But like all things in Taiwan, there were lots of foods to try and everything was so cute, there were just about a billion photo ops everywhere!

A kid fun photo adventure:

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